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UPDATE: PCA Fined for Injury at Tomahawk Plant

By: Associated Press/ WSAW Staff Email
By: Associated Press/ WSAW Staff Email
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UPDATED: Thurs 1:24 PM, Sept 05, 2013

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) -- An Illinois-based company has been fined more than $185,000 after a worker was severely burned at a Wisconsin plant where five people have been killed since 2008.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fines Thursday against Packaging Corp. of America. PCA makes cardboard and paper boxes.

OSHA says a PCA worker was severely burned in March while trying to light a steam boiler in a paper mill in Tomahawk. OSHA says the company should have prevented the ignition of flammable vapors and given workers proper safety equipment.

A message left at the company's headquarters in Lake Forest, Ill., was not immediately returned.

Five workers were killed at the plant in the past five years. Three died in a 2008 explosion and two were fatally burned by ash last year.

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UPDATE: 3/6 at 10:45 a.m.

The Human Resource Manager from PCA says a man burned Tuesday while working near a boiler had been with the company for nine years.

Mike Slesicki, 53, remains in critical condition a Madison hospital.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 3/5 at 1:26 p.m.

An employee of Packaging Corporation of America is being treated at a Madison burn center after he was injured on the job Tuesday morning.

According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, dispatch received the call around 9:40 a.m. The victim was brought to a Tomahawk hospital but was immediately flown to Madison. A Tomahawk newspaper says the man was injured in boiler accident.

The victim's name is not being released at the time.


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